Traditional Southern cuisine meets a modern twist in the NC Triad, where you can munch on everything from Southern shrimp and grits to Mexican-Asian fusion, Peruvian, Vietnamese or Ethiopian dishes. Discover your drink of choice at dozens of breweries across the region, or sample wine from vast vineyards in Yadkin Valley, North Carolina’s wine country. With Winston-Salem as the birthplace of household names like Krispy Kreme doughnuts, Moravian cookies, and Texas Pete hot sauce, the NC Triad proves its reputation for good eats.
Try a handcrafted cocktail like the beloved Sandy Ridge Smash at Print Works Bistro in Greensboro, named one of the Top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants by OpenTable in 2019. Or, sample some famous Southern flavor at Lexington Barbecue. Abundant farmers markets across the Triad make it easy to source local ingredients – so you can be sure you’re eating the freshest food.
The Yadkin Valley Wine Region is home to 70 wineries and about 400 acres of vineyards.
There are 75 restaurants and 30 bars and breweries in downtown Winston-Salem.
There are over 500 restaurants in Greensboro.
There are 39 international restaurants representing 21 different cuisines in Greensboro.
With plenty of farms located throughout the NC Triad, it’s no wonder that we’ve got plenty of farm-to-table restaurants harvesting the freshest ingredients. Take a trip to Undercurrent in Greensboro for dishes that you won’t find elsewhere, like salmon ceviche or fried mushroom-black bean dumplings. Consider yourself lucky to dine at the popular Lucky 32, with seasonal ingredients in a collection of mouthwatering dishes from jambalaya to cornmeal crusted Carolina catfish. The Eddy Pub in Saxapahaw focuses on community-sourced ingredients with a constantly changing seasonal menu. Treat your taste buds to Willows Bistro in Winston-Salem – with unique dishes like stir fry farro. Inspired by Southern hospitality and revitalized with modern dishes, Social Southern Kitchen & Cocktails in Winston-Salem mixes fried green tomatoes with duck breast or chicken noodle pho, and plates Southern fried chicken with pineapple jam. The Prescott in Kernersville delivers one-of-a-kind dishes crafted from locally-sourced ingredients – try the Chantrelle mushroom rotini or sweet corn ravioli.
The Triad’s up-and-coming craft beer scene includes a mix of tried-and-true establishments and hip, modern spaces. Take a brewery tour through Greensboro stopping at Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Company for a milk stout, Joymongers Brewing Company for brews and board games out on the patio, or Natty Greene’s, the birthplace of Greensboro’s first brewery with 12 taps and seasonal selections. In High Point, you’ll find the award-winning Brown Truck Brewery with rustic décor and live music, the historic Liberty Brewery & Grill, and Potent Potables with a huge selection of beverages both bottled and on tap. Winston-Salem is home to Hoots Beer Co. with unique flavors like Cucumber Cream Ale and Coconut Porter, in addition to Foothills Brewpub, known for its Jade IPA. Wise Man Brewing has not only a friendly community atmosphere, but has also earned several national rankings including a gold medal for its “Outrageous Daughters” ale at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival. Four Saints Brewing Company in Asheboro is the only carbon-neutral brewery in North Carolina. Meanwhile, Small Batch Beer Co. offers everything from the sour Mr. Lemon Man IPA to a coffee stout. Other notable local breweries include Incendiary Brewing in Winston-Salem, Haw River Ales in Saxapahaw, Burlington Beer Works in Burlington and Little Brother Brewing in Greensboro.
Not a beer enthusiast? Check out this guide to Yadkin Valley’s Wine Trails to book a tour or plan your own. Award-winning wineries in this region include Childress Vineyards, Junius Lindsay Vineyard, Weathervane Winery, Shelton Vineyards and more. Or, check out a few local distilleries like Broad Branch and Sutler’s Spirit Co. in Winston-Salem, and Fainting Goat Spirits in Greensboro.
As a major cultural hub, Greensboro is home to various ethnic cuisines from around the world. Try Taste of Ethiopia to sample dishes like yebeg alicha wot, a traditional lamb stew. Visit Simauchi for Peruvian flavors or Taco Bao for unique Mexican-Asian fusion. Looking for more casual fare? Pay a visit to one of Greensoro’s local food trucks, like King-Queen Haitian Cuisine or Rockin Morroccan for authentic street food. In Winston-Salem, Mooney’s Mediterranean Café offers excellent lunch and dinner options, serving “only the second best Lebanese food to your Lebanese grandmother.” Meanwhile, Nawab Indian Cuisine prepares mouthwatering curry and rice dishes that will turn you into a repeat customer in no time. Fire and Sticks Japanese Steakhouse in High Point not only has an impressive sushi menu and extensive wine list, but a top-notch atmosphere and fun dining style as well. Cugino Forno in Winston-Salem and Greensboro is home to authentic Italian cuisine, with traditional pizza that will make you feel like you’re really dining in Italy.